Football Coach Henning Steps Down

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Head Football Coach Dan Henning announced his resignation Monday afternoon, two days after completing his third season with Boston College, which saw the Eagles win five of 12 games.

Henning, who had compiled a 16-19-1 record during his tenure, said he was stepping down because "I believe that someone else may be able to take a fresh approach that will benefit both Boston College and the players."

Athletic Director Chet Gladchuk said that "Boston College is very appreciative of the efforts and contributions Dan Henning has made to the University."

In his first season, Henning directed the Eagles to a 7-4-1 season which included impressive wins over Notre Dame and Syracuse and ended with a victory over eighth-ranked Kansas State in the Aloha Bowl. But losses outnumbered wins in both of the past two seasons.

In a meeting with the press Monday evening in Conte Forum, Gladchuk said that Henning had indicated his decision to resign during a meeting earlier that day, in which the two reviewed the past season and discussed the future direction of the football program. Henning's decision was by "mutual agreement," he said.

"Dan came in at a very difficult time," Gladchuk said. "He did a terrific job of pulling things together for us ... and made every effort to continue in that direction with the program."

Gladchuk said the recent investigation into gambling activity among members of the team was not a factor in the decision. "It had nothing to do with the gambling situation, absolutely nothing," he said. "This has to do with football."

Henning said that the 1996 season had been "a difficult year. There have been a number of distractions that have hurt the focus and clouded the overall issue." He said he was "proud of our accomplishments over the past three seasons," pointing to his recruits and the wins over Notre Dame, Syracuse and Kansas State.

Gladchuk said there were no immediate candidates to succeed Henning, but that the University would begin its search shortly.

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